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  1. Steve Barry says:

    Just in the past two months I have visited successful operations where rails and trails exist side-by-side. Interestingly, both lines have daily train service throughout most of the year, so trains passing hikers and bikers is nothing unusual. The Western Maryland Scenic in Cumberland, Md., occupies the former Western Maryland right-of-way to Frostburg, and for years this piece of the otherwise abandoned WM was a missing link in a trail from the Washington, D.C., area to the Pittsburgh area. Alleghany County worked with the railroad and the trail people to help fill in the missing link of the trail while keeping rail service. Likewise, the new Steam Into History operation in New Freedom, Pa., has just opened this year with an 1860s-replica steam locomotive hauling vintage cars on a route that Abraham Lincoln took to Gettysburg, with an established trail running alongside. As these two examples how, it doesn’t matter if the railroad or the trail was there first — they can coexist.

  2. John Atherton says:

    Another example is in Sacramento, California where a trail and the Sacramento Southern tourist railroad exist side-by-side. It seems to work well there. It would work well in Ulster County too.

  3. Larry Dawson says:

    As a one-time resident of Poughquag, I can recall watching the NH climbing the hill up from Green Haven and disappearing in the cut. My recollection of Hopewell Junction (we always called it Hopeless) is of a slightly different depot, which was still in service in 1963-64. Was there another building at that junction?

  4. Michael Napolitano says:

    No mention of Bernie Rudberg, Emily? I don’t think the Hopewell Depot project would have gotten anywhere without him. Anyway, you will be happy to know that he linked over to here in a post on the New Haven Railroad forum.

    • Emily says:

      Aww, you mean the photo of Bernie in his Conductor hat wasn’t enough? ;)

      Believe me, there are plenty of things that I could have said about Hopewell, but kept it short to address the rails to trails thing. Plus, I think everybody should get their butts over to Hopewell!

  5. Nathanael says:

    Thanks for discussing this. It’s been very upsetting the way the “Rails-to-trails conservancy” has been perverted into an anti-rail, anti-conservation, pave-it-with-asphalt-and-drive-cars operation.

    The scheme for destroying the Woodinville Subdivision in the Seattle area is going to have nasty long-term consequences, as it’s the only north-south connecting rail route west of Spokane and east of the waterfront, and the line along the waterfront is threatened by mudslides and rising seas. This is a scheme which a lot of villains have had their hands in, starting with the state roads department (I mean “department of transportation”).

    The situation with the Catskill Mountain Railroad is the most egregious, of course.

    The Adirondack Scenic is protected to some extent by support from the state government and several local governments. But the anti-rail nuts in the Adirondacks are not above lying through their teeth — which they have done repeatedly — in addition to the vandalism. They are suspected of not actually wanting a trail at all. While it’s a great rail route, it would be a completely unusable trail, wandering through the “forever wild” parts of the Adirondack Park for over 30 miles without access points.

  6. Backshophoss says:

    In Santa Fe NM,there’s a trail that follows the NMRX/Santa Fe Southern ROW from
    the Railyard till just east of Rodeo Road near CP Hondo,in some places using the
    former ATSF Branch ROW(in an area near Zia Road).
    The “Rail Trail” is a part of an interconnected bike/walk trail network in the city
    of Santa Fe,regreatbly,the Santa Fe Southern has been “mothballed” due to
    the lack of freight and the local economy is still somewhat depressed.
    NMRX runs daily except for some holidays.

  7. JOhn says:

    Thanks for addressing the rail to trails issue.
    The Adirondack Scenic is a beautiful line, and I’d hate to see the Lake Placid operation come to an end (although the trail groups somehow claim the line segment they want isn’t in use/needed) because of the inability to move equipment back to Utica for service.
    What we really need to do is start a legal fund to defend the operators of these economic engines. I’m a cyclist, but in reality I wouldn’t have any use for that segment, it’s too far from anything resembling emergency services. Besides bike paths usually become homes for drug dealers and rapists (at least here in WNY) due to lack of law enforcement.
    It’s a damn shame.

  8. William Hays says:

    I can operate, professionally, a CAT D-9 bulldozer, and would be glad to volunteer my time on one (D-8s, D-6s, and D-4s acceptable) between Wassaic and Millerton, and north (west) ward to Chatham. Even a JD-350, or JD-450 would work for me!) Screw the Yuppies! Would have to hose down the lags every day to get the
    ‘Labrador Landmines’ out of the treads, not to mention disposable diapers and plastic water containers.

  9. William Hays says:

    Does anyone know when the “Fleetwood” (Mount Vernon) NYC station was put into service?

  10. Andrew Dawson says:

    There is no valid reason why there should not be a rail line in that town today. It was because of corrupt politics that the line was stolen.

    Rail with Trail is a no brainer. Just like a sidewalk next to a road.

  11. Harrison B says:

    Mr. Dawson, your final remark is so brilliant I’d like to know if I can quote that. I volunteer on the CMRR and I’m passionate about building the trail parallel to the railroad. You could not have said it more perfectly.

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